I had some friends that were knowledgeable about scripture…. but that friendship is broken for a variety of reasons that were probably, in reality, building up over time. Some was my sin and some was how their thinkology embraced my sin and it became intertwined with her self righteousness, religious attitude. I can remember, vividly, their mixing of of God with their republicanness. Even though I also am republican, partially due to this relationship I have become more moderate and forgiving of people that are different from me in a lot of ways. I also remember a few occasions of them lobbing “truth” mortars at each other and I have one very vivid image of at least one instance as I watched and observed what I would interpret as “smug” body language as she lobbed her truth mortars in a hurtful way.
One thing that I have learned from all of this — it will not help the cause of the gospel to embrace such approaches, nor will it help to lob “truth mortars” from entrenched defensive positions. We must engage and interact with biblically precise gospel-centered worldview(s) regarding the origins and treatment of real problems that we encounter as we embrace scripture. And we must do so in a thoughtful, confident way where the riches of the gospel really do speak into the most complex issues of life.
Heb 13:9 Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited.
Heb 13:10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat.
I want to hone in on the words to be strengthened by grace and not by foods. Here, the author , is summarizing one of the major points of Hebrews. Even though the law is good, Hebrews also calls it week and useless in creating any “real” change in the heart of men. Hebrews emphasizes the new covenant of Grace and THE GOSPEL as the main hope of all men for eternal life and for sanctification.
Mans main problem of sin also means we have a major issue in our sanctified growth as a Christian. Our theology quite often does not affect our thinkology or how we perform and conduct our daily living. We live secret lives. Our outward appearance is much different than the lives we live in our homes once the doors are closed. We also quantify our spiritual health as if we have X amount of time in Bible study and Y amount of time serving in the Church we are healthy; very seldom do we see time with God as “worship time with the creator of all things”. We try to measure morality and integrity as a way of measuring our spiritual health but we don’t understand that integrity never leads, but rather, it always follows a sincere and honest heart…. a heart that first and foremost is honest with itself and is learning to love Jesus more and more every day.
Our will will always follow what it worships!
The Gospel leads us to worship the creator and not created things. The Gospel leads man out of a life of idolatry and into a LIFE OF WORSHIP with Jesus! The Gospel captivates the heart of men and changes man top down, inside-out or Jesus down, from the heart out. At least that is how its been working for me.
Wouldn’t it be great if our Christian attitude was better in private and in secret than it was in public as opposed to the other way around!Our private lives and what we do in secret reflects our real heart. What we think about when our minds are at rest reflects what we worship so lets look to Jesus — the author and perfecter of our faith.